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How will cities accommodate driverless cars?
According to countless online predictions, there should be thousands of driverless cars on the road by now. And yet, in spite of 2020 being a watershed moment in many of these scenarios, there is very little – if any – evidence of this science-fiction future becoming a reality any time soon.
Major manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to get to the start line first, with major brands aiming for the following deadlines:
- 2018 – Tesla, General Motors
- 2020 – Honda, Toyota, Renault-Nissan, Hyundai
- 2021 – Ford, Volvo, Daimler, Fiat-Chrysler, BMW
Assuming that driverless cars do take to our roads sometime in the not-too-distant future, it bears asking how they are likely to impact people and cities. While there may be more questions than answers at present, what is clear is that city planning will need to rethink the layouts of large, busy cities to accommodate fully autonomous driving. And this is where mixed-use precincts could have an advantage given that they are more contained and can, as a result, be adapted and managed with greater ease.
Many city planners are considering a shift where main roads will become ‘fast transit’ corridors interspersed with walkable, car-free areas where pedestrians and other forms of ‘micro mobility’ already in place in mixed-use precincts – everything from electric bikes and scooters, to skateboards and shuttles – will have right of way.
Another approach sees autonomous vehicles reigning supreme in suburban areas, which were built for cars, and taking a backseat in pedestrianised areas in big cities.
While it remains to be seen how self-driving cars will be integrated into city design, what is certain is that cities must be reshaped. And the Amdec Group, which has 30 years of experience designing, constructing, maintaining and managing built environments, is doing exactly that with Harbour Arch, Cape Town CBD’s first large-scale, inner-city, mixed-use mixed-use precinct.
Encapsulating the principles of new urban living and presenting an opportunity for people to live, work, play, relax, and stay in a safe, convenient and community-focused environment, Harbour Arch will be developed using the same principles and expertise that were successfully applied at the Amdec Group’s iconic and multi award-winning Melrose Arch precinct in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
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